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US AZ: Column: Free Kyle Catlin

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
Tucson Weekly, 14 Jul 2016 - Parents of Medical Marijuana Patient, Caregiver in Prison Are Not Giving Up Until Their Son Is Free Suson Catlin has been letters to the Governor's Office hoping someone out there will help get her 27-year-old son, Kyle, out of prison-where he's been since mid-January over nonviolent marijuana felony charges. Unsurprisingly, she hasn't received a response. But as I imagine most mothers would, Suson is willing to exhaust all options. Hope dies last.

US CO: Column: Dear Stoner: How Much Marijuana Can a Tourist

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
Westword, 14 Jul 2016 - Dear Stoner: I'll be visiting Colorado this summer, and everyone is telling me I can only buy a quarter-ounce. Is that true? If so, is that for every shop, or can I buy more at another? Based B Dear Based: It used to be that way, but not any longer! In June, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a law bumping up the out-of-stater limit to an ounce, so you don't have to limit yourself to a quarter-ounce at each shop you visit. Not that I've met many people who go through a quarter in a day - but they're out there.

US OR: Column: California's Pot Initiative

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 14 Jul 2016 - Is That State's Brand-New Cannabis Initiative Any Good? What do you think of California's brand new pot initiative? IT'S A MIXED BAG, but I'm getting on board. Last week, California announced that the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) officially has a home on the state's November ballot. Over the past year, the concept of legalization among California voters has been polling very well. It seems almost certain the AUMA will pass.

US OR: Column: The Banks Hate The Dank

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
Portland Mercury, 14 Jul 2016 - It's Still Impossible for Cannabis Businesses to Open Bank Accounts AT A RECENT cannabis event I went to, the crowd was made up of cannabis professionals: dispensary owners and staff, growers, edible makers, processors, and wholesalers. Among the speakers was the head of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's (OLCC) cannabis program. During the Q&A, a grower brought up how that very week, his bank account had been shut down-the third time in the past year.

US CA: Medical Marijuana Advocates Oppose Proposed Grow

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
The Union, 12 Jul 2016 - New proposed rules for medical marijuana grows led to anger on Tuesday as some medicinal cannabis proponents said they couldn't support the new recommendations while urging supervisors to compromise. County officials, however, said they had to consider environmental concerns and secure four out of five supervisor votes on July 26 to pass interim grow rules and repeal the existing outdoor grow ban.

South Africa: PA Declares War On Drugs

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 07:00
The Citizen, 13 Jul 2016 - Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie, pictured, has announced a plan he says is supported by his political party to rid gang-afflicted communities of drug dealers. On his Facebook account, he yesterday asked members of these communities to inbox him the addresses of drug houses and "lolly lounges" in their areas, because the PA needed to verify that they were, indeed, selling drugs.

CN BC: Pot Shops Continue To Operate In Limbo

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 08 Jul 2016 - At least three marijuana dispensaries are continuing operations despite notices from the city, as the future of retail marijuana hangs in limbo for Penticton. None of the four operations the city is aware of are permitted for storefront sale of marijuana products. Three have been notified, including the Herbal Green Apothecary, associated with the Rush in and Finnish Cafe, the first dispensary that will have the opportunity to appeal its business license cancellation to the city.

Canada: Test To Nab High Drivers?

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Roadside saliva collection needs to be in place: MADD Canadians suspected of driving while high could be required to submit to a roadside saliva test that identifies the use of marijuana, cocaine and opioids.

CN ON: Letter: Pot And Heroin

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Re "T.O. health board OKs safe injection sites" (July 5): Isn't it funny how marijuana laws are still being enforced when the federal government has said it is going to be legalized, yet, safe injection sites are in the process of being approved in Toronto? What if a police officer stops two people near one of the safe injection sites, one with pot and the other heroin? Who is arrested and who isn't? I appreciate that the marijuana dispensaries were acting outside the law but heroin users will now get a pass if council approves the sites. But to my knowledge there are still laws against the use and trafficking of controlled substances, including heroin. The timing of these two moves by the City of Toronto couldn't be better.

CN ON: 'How Can We Make Fun Safe?'

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
Ottawa Sun, 09 Jul 2016 - Groups work to reduce drug overdoses, sex assaults during summer festivals With the summer festival season in full blast, there's a dark side to the fun in the sun. One local service agency is helping festival-goers who use drugs avoid the deadly mistakes that have killed people in Ottawa and across Canada by offering low-tech checking kits.

Canada: Half Of Voters Say Tear Up Pot Rap Sheets, Poll Finds

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 11 Jul 2016 - Half of Canadian voters believe people in jail for marijuana possession should be released and those with criminal records for pot possession pardoned, new polling shared with The Free Press suggests. That percentage rises among the young, the low-income, the highly educated, and, not surprisingly, the 47 per cent of survey respondents who've taken a few tokes themselves, the Forum Research survey found.

Canada: Package Pot Like Cigarettes: Cancer Society

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Sun, 11 Jul 2016 - Object would be to discourage use by young people The federal government's task force on marijuana should look to restrictions for cigarettes when considering how legal pot should be packaged, the Canadian Cancer Society's Rob Cunningham says.

CN NF: 'This Is Desperately Needed Here'

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
The Telegram, 08 Jul 2016 - Federal government contributes $30,000 for study to see if drug treatment court in NL can be viable In the 26 years he has been in practice, St. John's lawyer John Duggan has represented many drug-addicted criminals

CN ON: Judge Laments Drug Court's Loss As He Jails Addict Again

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 08 Jul 2016 - Billy Robbins wanted out of jail to deal with his drug addiction. The judge wanted to use his sad case to prove a point. "Your case highlights the struggles . . . in this courthouse with the dissolution of the drug treatment court and the position of the Crown attorney not to participate in the program," Ontario Court Justice Wayne Rabley said before sentencing Robbins to more jail time.

Philippines: War on Drugs Continues; 6 Killed, 1,545 Surrender

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
Manila Bulletin, 12 Jul 2016 - The war on illegal drugs continues with six suspected illegal drugs suspects, including a policeman on AWOL (Absence Without Official Leave), killed in three separate shootouts in Quezon City on Monday and Sunday. Meanwhile, at the Eastern Police District yesterday, it was learned that 1,545 persons suspected to be involved in illegal drugs in the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan have surrendered to authorities in accordance with the government's "Oplan Tokhang" in the period of July 1 to 8.

Philippines: Editorial: Sleeping Sickness

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 07:00
Sun.Star Baguio, 12 Jul 2016 - VIOLENCE would breed violence," warns Sen. Leila de Lima, who recently called for a Senate inquiry into the summary killings of alleged drug pushers and pushers. There is no official count of the death toll in the war against drugs, pointed out the former justice secretary and former chair of the Commission on Human Rights.

US CT: Column: Can Americans Hold Ourselves Together As a

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
New Haven Register, 11 Jul 2016 - Without a doubt, we Americans are in a bad way. The senseless deaths this week in Baton Rouge, La., Falcon Heights, Minn., and now Dallas are devastating beyond comprehension for the victims and their families. Each shooting is also an act in a shared national tragedy. The problems go down to the very roots. The question of whether as a country we are headed in the right or wrong direction can no longer be answered simply with reference to policy matters such as the economy, education or foreign relations. Instead we face the fundamental question of whether we, the people, as a single people, are holding together and can hold together.

South Africa: Does 15% of Sa's Population Have a Drug Problem?

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
The Witness, 11 Jul 2016 - Africa Check investigates the source of this statistic and others related to drug use in South Africa TOM ROBBINS, AMERICAN AUTHOR (1932-). Any half-awake materialist well knows - that which you hold holds you. "Drug use is really a symptom, not a primary cause of many of South Africa's issues, but it is a politically expedient target for people to focus on, instead of addressing the real imbalances and inequalities in our society."

US: Bill Nearing Approval Will Address Opioid Crisis

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 11 Jul 2016 - Congress this week is expected to send President Obama legislation to combat heroin and painkiller abuse, despite lingering disputes over whether there is enough money to support new treatment and prevention programs. Senate Democrats have pushed for additional funding, arguing that without it the bill will not be able to deliver on its promise to help thwart the opioid epidemic.

US: It's Cash Only, And Robbers Know It

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 11 Jul 2016 - Marijuana Shops Become the Targets of Violent Heists. The recent killing of a marijuana store security guard in Colorado and the wounding of a guard in San Bernardino are the latest examples of the crime lure posed by cash-only pot dispensaries, industry observers say.

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